- (of a woman or girl) having fair hair and usually fair skin and light eyes.
- a woman or girl having this coloration.
Origin of blonde
see origin at blond
The spelling blonde is still widely used for the noun that specifies a woman or girl with fair hair: The blonde with the baby in her arms is my anthropology professor. Some people object to this as an unnecessary distinction, preferring blond for all persons: My sister is thinking of becoming a blond for a while. As an adjective, the word is more usually spelled blond in reference to either sex ( an energetic blond girl; two blond sons ), although the form blonde is occasionally still used of a female: the blonde model and her escort. The spelling blond is almost always used for the adjective describing hair, complexion, etc.: His daughter has blond hair and hazel eyes.
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Related Wordsblond, pale, fair, straw, light, champagne, sallow, platinum, albino, strawberry, snowy, washed-out, fair-haired, towheaded, flaxen, stramineous
Examples from the Web for blonde
One guy hams it up as Juliet, blonde wig and all, as a crowd gathers, delighted by the impromptu performance.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
Blonde kids named Kyle and Zack cheered on Los Doyers while wearing jerseys with “Valenzuela” on the back.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
For me at least, the singer and the songs on Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited are indivisible.
A few were rock songs of roughly the same vintage as Highway 61 or Blonde on Blonde.
The fact that she was the author of a popular blog called The Blonde Vegan also compelled her to stick to the rigid lifestyle.Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession
October 25, 2014
She must be dazzlingly, but naturally, blonde and very beautiful.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Now, you are neither silly nor little; no blonde; you have no curls and no furbelows.Quaint Courtships
She glanced at the others—the tourists and the blonde; they were no longer looking at her.The Incomplete Amorist
A brunette selects a blonde and a blonde a brunette, as a general rule in matrimony.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Phoebe shook out her blonde hair, letting it fall about her shoulders.Spacemen Never Die!
- (of women's hair) of a light colour; fair
- (of a person, people or a race) having fair hair, a light complexion, and, typically, blue or grey eyes
- (of soft furnishings, wood, etc) light in colour
- a person, esp a woman, having light-coloured hair and skin
- Also called: blonde lace a French pillow lace, originally of unbleached cream-coloured Chinese silk, later of bleached or black-dyed silk
C15: from Old French blond (fem blonde), probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo
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Word Origin and History for blonde
late 15c.; see blond (adj.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper